Airport Check-In With 15-20 Kg Baggage Will Cost More For Domestic Flights
One of the hassles of flying is the baggage, if it is heavy of course. Flying can be a costly affair, and if the baggage is heavier than the allowed free limit, then it can burn a hole in the pocket. Now, checking-in with more than 15 kg on domestic flights could cost one more as the airlines have been given (once again) the right to impose tariff for extra weight as much as they want!
The Delhi high court on Wednesday set aside a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order that capped excess baggage charge at Rs 100 per kg for each extra kilo between 15 kg and 20 kg.
What was the previous rule?
Two years back, the airlines would charge as much as Rs. 350 per extra kg beyond 15 kg. This 15 kg limit was also brought down from 20 kg limit. Many complained regarding this change. Thus, Rs. 100/kg was fixed by DGCA for extra kg between 15-20 kg. Anything beyond 20 kg was completely upto airlines to charge.
This capping of tariff in the 15-20 kg range by DGCA was set aside by the Delhi HC stating that DGCA does not have the right to do so. The court said the airlines are free to revert to the previous method. So, now airlines can charge for extra kg beyond 15 kg anywhere from Rs. 220 to Rs. 350 per kg. Only Air India allows free baggage up to 23 kg!
HC said, the DGCA can interfere only when there are specific instances of discriminatory practices. Such circulars cannot be issued in a general manner.